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KayTheCurler

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Soon I will providing the food for a group of aging hippies. This means I should consider their various food requirements (other than basically healthy!). So..........

No tomatoes.
No citrus fruits.
No vinegar.
Low calorie.
Low fat.
Low sugar.
No fish.
No pork.
No mushrooms.

What should I plan for three meals a day? Sure would be nice if some things can be prepared ahead of time. One lunch will be at a Provincial Park, weather permitting. That is easy - we all like loaded baked potatoes and can use the toppings that suit us. However, we will need an evening meal and I won't be here to keep an eye on it. Crock pot? I'm having a hard time thinking of anything worth eating that avoids all the items on the list!

Please share your ideas.
 

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Beef short ribs. Lots of recipes on line

I fry up onions and garlic. Carrots. Add ribs with some liquid. I use canned tomatoes but think you could use beef broth

Put it on low and leave it.

Remove the meat and bones and separate meat. Put back in pot. Cool fettuccini. Mix together. Parmesan on the table Add green salad. Dressing on the side.

Or pot luck? Surely not everyone is allergic to all those things. Everyone bring a dish. Mains, salads, deserts
 

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Pot luck sounds like fun - except one couple live about two hours west and the other couple lives about four hours south. Lugging food along isn't a favourite pastime.
 

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True. It that is why we have coolers. I took two pies and roasted Brussels sprouts three hours for thanksgiving pot luck
 

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Beef or chicken stew made in the crock pot with good hearty bread.

A pasta dish with alfredo or other non-tomato sauce & a big green salad. (serve the dressing on the side so the person who doesn't want vinegar can pass; or use lemon juice in the dressing instead of vinegar.)

Beef or chicken pot pies - if they don't include mushrooms.

Will you also be providing breakfast?
 

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This would be almost possible except for the low fat. That takes a serious amount of cheese out of the equation.
 

KayTheCurler

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Beef or chicken stew made in the crock pot with good hearty bread.

A pasta dish with alfredo or other non-tomato sauce & a big green salad. (serve the dressing on the side so the person who doesn't want vinegar can pass; or use lemon juice in the dressing instead of vinegar.)

Beef or chicken pot pies - if they don't include mushrooms.

Will you also be providing breakfast?
Yup three full days with three meals per day and snacks.
 

KayTheCurler

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We will be a group of six - the youngest is 74 (proably part of the reason for so many health issues!).
 

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We will be a group of six - the youngest is 74 (proably part of the reason for so many health issues!).
Safe to say you won't need large portions because of the age group? Also, I know of many this age that only want 2 meals a day....does this apply to your friends?
 

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We all eat less than we did years ago but are still having 'something' three times a day.
 

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Porridge!! Lol. Seriously, I looked up a suggestion but it had tomato sauce in it.
There will likely be a meal near the end made up of leftovers, so that's one less.
 
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Beef or chicken stew made in the crock pot with good hearty bread.

A pasta dish with alfredo or other non-tomato sauce & a big green salad. (serve the dressing on the side so the person who doesn't want vinegar can pass; or use lemon juice in the dressing instead of vinegar.)

Beef or chicken pot pies - if they don't include mushrooms.

Will you also be providing breakfast?
Lemon juice would count as citrus, so the dressing on the side.
 

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For breakfast, I would say keep it simple, cereal (high fiber, low sugar options), fruit and a whole grain bread for toast. If you want do something a little bigger just once.

Another night - make your own pizzas, with different options as crusts. I have no problem with using low-fat cheese on pizza. Can have a pesto sauce options for those without the tomatoes.
 

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I think I might take my cue from the free breakfasts that hotels put out in the morning.....help yourself to made ahead scrambled eggs on a warmer, set out a toaster for toast, bowl of boiled eggs, bananas, individual yogurts, and then have coffee, tea and milk set out.
Maybe some paper plates to make clean up easy.

For lunches a nice soup in the crock pot with some bread on the side. I hear pumpernickel bread is non fattening?

And for supper here's some non tomato pasta sauces to make ahead.
 

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For breakfasts I often cut up fruit, lay out yogurts, English muffins and jam

Lunch lay out cold cuts, bread, a pot of soup on the stove

Dinners are trickier for sure with all the specifics. I like the idea of make your own..... tacos are a really easy meal and with lots of topping choices. Beef stew one night. A roast turkey or coule of big chickens?

Sounds like you have a lot of work ahead of you. I hope some of those folks are good helpers to cook and clean up
 

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We've sometimes made that strata (Xmas morning wife saver type recipe) that is good - make the night before & bake in the morning for breakfast. The breakfast bar sounds good too ... or maybe ask what people usually enjoy & just provide that! For me it's usually just 2 rice cakes with peanut butter & jam! And good coffee of course.

Sandwiches are good for lunch too - assortment of products - choose & make your own. Or put out leftover from supper the night before LOL - we've often done that at cottage visits.

If you make homemade soups ahead of time you can freeze them - then pull out & heat for lunches.

A good roast or chicken (whole or pieces) - with veg around it in the pan - make some gravy - done! Pie for dessert? (haha - I was just writing this as Lastpointe posted the same idea!) Or some easy chicken pieces recipe that bakes in the oven alongside a pan of roasting fall veg - yummy!
 
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